Local Activities for Seniors This Month

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MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Monday, May 25th

On behalf of the Town of Darien and the Memorial Day Parade Committee, we would like to invite you to attend Darien’s 2015 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. We are looking for walkers and riders.  Please contact us if you are interested at 203-655-2227.

 

PERSONAL HISTORY PROJECT

Reva Corrigan is a long time Darien resident and a valued volunteer for At Home In Darien.  We are delighted to share the following opportunity with you.

Everyone has a story worth telling. Reva Corrigan would like to interview you and hear about some of your most important choices, the funniest mistakes you have made, your favorite family stories, and heartaches that have formed your life. Organize your memories and get them written down. Reva would meet with you for three one-hour conversations (more or less, depending upon your interest). At the end, you’ll have copies of your own story for yourself and your children and grandchildren.  It’s the best gift you could give them. This is free. She is the daughter of an amateur biographer/genealogist and excited to get started.  Please contact Reva Corrigan at 203-964-9697 or via email johnreva@optonline.net.

 

NEW SENIOR AEROBICS CLASS

Monday, May 4th, 10:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Lisa Brehi-Robinson, a Certified Nutritional Health Counselor and an ACE Personal Trainer and certified Group Fitness Instructor, will be facilitating a senior aerobics class.  Chairs, weights, and bands will be incorporated.  Exercises will be done to music of the 50’s and 60’s.  There will be a guided warm up and stretching at the end of class.  Class is $4.00.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: ADAPTIVE IDEAS

Monday, May 4th, 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Whether you are a physically challenged senior or just slowing down, there are many ways to make living in your home easier and safer.  Adaptive products aid in mobility, vision, dressing, personal hygiene and more.  Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association will present helpful ideas to allow you to stay at home safely. A complimentary lunch will be offered at Noon. Please register by calling 203-655-7490.

 

WOMEN’S GROUP LUNCHEON – WRITERS’ WORKSHOP READINGS

Tuesday, May 5th, 12:15pm - 2:15pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Join this Women’s Group luncheon to hear Writers’ Workshop participants - poets, travel writers, humorists, biographers, and memoir writers, some published and some not – read from their original works. Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events caters this lunch, which is $15, or $10 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, May 4th, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA atinfo@dariendca.org or

203-655-9050.

 

HISTORICAL SERIES WITH ART GOTTLIEb

Tuesday, May 5th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Since its opening in 1909, the Queensboro Bridge has towered majestically over New York’s East River at Roosevelt Island, remaining an essential link between Long Island and Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Art will present a beautiful verbal and picture tour of the history of this incredible structure.

 

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION

Tuesday, May 5th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

A look at the food, culture and traditions of Mexico.

 

CRAFTS WITH HOLLY

Wednesdays, May 6th, May 13th, May 20th, May 27th, 9:30am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Crafters will have different crafts on hand each week.  Work on a craft for an hour or all morning. The schedule is as follows:  May 6th, Felt hanging birds; May 13th, Flower Greeting Cards; May 20th, Painted Spring Clay Pots; May 27th, Wallpaper Trinket/ Gift Boxes.  Cost of the program is $4.00 unless otherwise specified.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: HEALTHY EATING AFTER 50

Wednesday, May 6th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Center at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Many older adults want to eat right.  Consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is good for your health. With some thoughtful planning, seniors can eat healthier and reduce their  risk for diseases like diabetes and heart disease.  Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County will present a program on healthy meal planning.  The program will offer practical suggestions along with ways to build a healthier diet.  Complimentary lunch at Noon.  Please register by calling 203-655-7490.

 

PANEL TO DISCUSS DEMENTIA: A PRIMER FOR FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS

Wednesday, May 6th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street, Reception at 5:00pm, Program at 5:15pm

The Alliance of Business Professionals, Staying Put in New Canaan, and the New Canaan Library will present a panel discussion for families, caregivers and seniors and/or their children who would like to learn more about dementia. The panel includes Dr. Stephen Jones, Greenwich Hospital gerontologist, Tania Paparazzo, Alzheimer’s Association Director, Kathleen Toombs, Family therapist, and Michelle Beltrano, Eldercare attorney.  The event is free.  Please RSVP to StayingPutnc@gmail.com, or call 203-966-7762.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS THE PANAMA CANAL

Thursday, May 7th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Considered the greatest engineering feat of its time, the Panama Canal cuts 51 miles across the Isthmus of Panama.  Completed in 1914, the canal eliminated the need for ships to round Cape Horn to cross between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

 

Community dinner

Thursdays, May 7th through June 25th5:00pm – 7:00pm at St. Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Road

Plenty of hot food and companionship.  All ages, including children, toddlers and babies, are welcome.  No need to make a reservation, all welcome.  Seconds and take home meals are provided as amounts allow.  There is an optional donation of $1.00.

 

ANNUAL DCA PLANT SALE

Friday, May 8th, 8:30am – 12:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Choose from over 1,700 organically-grown hardy perennials, sun-loving, shade-loving, native, deer-resistant, and highly-prized new plants that will be available. A few colorful annuals will be offered, as well as some strong performers you just can’t live without.  Special flyers will guide you to plants well-suited to containers, and those that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Alternatively, just let the knowledgeable Greenhouse Group members help you find the right plants for your particular needs. A unique boutique section of pots and small gardening items will help with any last minute Mother’s Day gifts. See a selection of plants available atdariendca.org/dcaplantsale.  For further information contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

PLANT SALE TEA

Friday, May 8th, 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Shop at the DCA Plant Sale and stay for afternoon tea. Let us hold your new plants while you join friends and enjoy freshly-baked scones with jam and clotted cream, tea sandwiches, and homemade cakes and pastries in the stately setting of the beautiful historic house. Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events once again brings a proper British Tea Room to the DCA.  $25 per person, or $20 each for DCA members. Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 6th and can be made at dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050. Last bookings will be at 2:00pm.

 

CELEBRATE LOCAL ARTISTS ART SHOW FEATURING LIRON

Friday, May 8th, 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Opening Reception for local artist, Liron.

 

WENDY KERNER

Sunday, May 10th, 12:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Harpist extraordinaire.  Come hear the melodic and beautiful sounds of the harp.

 

MONTHLY MONDAY MOVIEs

Monday, May 11th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

View a popular movie streaming on Netflix which will be offered once every month.  For more information, call 203-655-7490.

 

BOB GIANNOTTi

Tuesday, May 12th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

This popular performer will get you singing and dancing to all your favorite songs.  Bob plays both the guitar and flute.  He performs and records all his own background music which allows him to be original.

 

PETS AND YOUR HEALTH

Wednesday, May 13th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

In some ancient cultures, cats were considered close to gods.  Popular wisdom tells us that dogs are man’s best friend. Regardless of what type of animal has stolen your heart, there is evidence to suggest that having pets can be good for your health. In thanking your pets for all the good they do, be sure to keep their health in mind as well.  CT Pharmacy will teach you and your fellow animal lovers how pets can benefit people and what you can do to keep your pet well.

 

FLOWER ARRANGING WITH DIANE & LOIS

Thursday, May 14th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Join this basic flower arranging workshop and bring some nature inside.  Led by Diane Schlinkert and Lois Meyer, both are Darien residents and in the floral design certificate program at the New York Botanical Garden.  They will show you the basic structure of an arrangement and take you step-by-step through making your own. Flowers and a vase will be provided.  Please bring hand clippers if you have them. This workshop is $35, or $30 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by Monday, May 11th, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS - MERRITT PARKWAY

Sunday, May 17th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Built in the 1930’s, the Merritt Parkway is a celebrated Connecticut landmark known for its Art Deco bridges and beautiful landscaping.  Completed in 1940, the Merritt has been included in the National Register of Historic Places.

 

ASK A BANKER: JACK DOWLING OF FIRST COUNTY BANK

Monday, May 18th, 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Jack Dowling will present a program covering all topics that may bring the most value from a banker’s perspective for seniors.  Topics range from protection against identity theft and preserving your retirement savings to new technologies in banking.  Jack will be available for questions after the program.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: HEART HEALTH WITH DR. SCHUSTER

Tuesday, May 19th , 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Center at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

A century of life was once a rare thing, but that is changing.  Science is slowly unraveling the secrets of living to be a centenarian.  From super foods and exercise to hobbies and friendships, the key to longevity lies in changing our daily habits.  Dr. Schuster will discuss how to live a long and healthy life.  He is board-certified in both cardiovascular disease and internal medicine, and is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He also serves as Medical Director of Stamford Hospital’s Health and Fitness Institute. A complimentary lunch will be served at noon.  Please register by calling 203-655-7490.

 

STUDY OF THREE JUNES WITH DOUG PAULSEN

Tuesdays, May 19th & June 2nd12:30pm – 2:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Instructor Doug Paulsen, who recently retired as English Department Chairman at Darien High School, uses contemporary literature to guide students in an exploration of loss and the possibility of redemption in the modern world. “Three Junes” by Julia Glass needn’t be read prior to the first class. Rather, Paulsen will use writing exercises and conversation to prepare students to read and discuss how the connections and collisions of love within the novel have meaning for them. This 2-session class is $100, or $90 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, May 18thand can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA atinfo@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050. Minimum enrollment applies.

 

DARBY CARTUN PRESENTS POST IMPRESSIONISM

Wednesday, May 20th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Art lecture on the artists and influences of the French art movement that developed between 1886 and 1905.

 

BETTER HEARING: DR. ANNE REAP

Thursday, May 21st, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Center at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Dr. Reap, a board-certified audiologist for over 29 years, will discuss signs and symptoms of hearing loss, why it’s important to detect and treat hearing loss early, and the dangers and impact of letting it go or putting it off. Effective hearing prevents social isolation, promotes independence and safety, and is crucial for maintaining cognitive health. She will also discuss the advanced technology that is available today, as well as the critical function of hearing in cognition and socialization.

 

KARAKOWSKA SISTERS DUO

Sunday, May 24th, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

The Karakowska Sisters Duo is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed ensemble that in addition to a recital and chamber music repertoire performs extraordinary programs of virtuosity and laughter. The show is full of beautiful music, unforgettable stories and comedy.

 

PARK STREET SINGERS

Wednesday, May 27th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Center at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The Park Street Singers have been entertaining seniors in Fairfield County for over 30 years.  What began as a casual group to sing for Mother’s Day at the Congregational Church on Park Street in New Canaan, grew into a well-known women’s choral group that has performed over 1000 times since 1973. They sing favorites including show tunes, popular oldies, traditional folk, swing and blues.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES: SHAKESPEARE ON THE SOUND

Thursday, May 28th, 1:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

At this year’s DCA Annual Meeting, delve into all things Shakespeare with two key players from the Shakespeare on the Sound (SOS) organization: Claire Kelly, Director of Education - Artistic Associate, and Emily Bryan, Shakespeare scholar and consultant. Learn the history of these annual open-air productions, and hear about their focus on promoting Shakespeare in lower Fairfield County, and their insights into this year’s production of All’s Well That Ends Well.  The event will be preceded by a short meeting of business.  $10 per person; this General Program is free for DCA members. Registration is requested, and can be made either online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS MARIE CURIE

Thursday, May 28th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Born in Poland in 1867 in what was then part of the Russian Empire, Marie Sklodowska Curiwe became an icon in the scientific world for her landmark work in radioactivity.  In addition to her other lifetime achievements, Curie was the first female professor at the University of Paris and won both the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911.  She is only person ever to win in multiple sciences.

 

ANNUAL ART SHOW

Saturday, May 30th, 12:00pm - 5:00pm at the Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall

The 57th Annual Art show runs through Saturday, June 6th.  It is free and open daily to the public.  It is held in the DAC’s Weatherstone Studio.

 

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN CLOSET

Darien Human Services, 2 Renshaw Road

If Darien residents are in need of a walker, wheelchair, crutches or a cane, you can borrow them, on a short term basis.  Call 203-656-7328 to reserve what you need, then you or someone on your behalf, can pick up the equipment.  There is no charge.

 

WOODSHOP DONATION PROGRAM

Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:30am – 11:30 am at the Darien Senior Center at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The woodshop is up and running with talented volunteers who are ready to repair small wood items for a minimum charge.  Bring your item to the woodshop and one of the volunteers will discuss the cost to repair, including supplies.

 

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